Article Review of 'Improve Your Child's Memory: Why Remembering Is Key to School Success'

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Cognitive Psychology Article Review Introduction The article, "Improve Your Child's Memory: Why Remembering is Key to School Success" by John Hoffman, introduces the struggle many teachers, particularly elementary school teachers have with students retaining academic related information including facts for testable material. The author cites the ability of children to remember information that is important to them but to continued to struggle with memory when it comes to instructions from the teacher. Hoffman argues that despite the use of 'child friendly' pedagogy and materials, students seem to continue to struggle with memory when it comes to academic work (2006). The question that is posited in the article is whether teachers and caregivers can assist students in developing the memory skills necessary for success in school. The article reviews the different components of memory, working and long term as they relate to academia. Long term memory for academic work is described as the ability to retain and reiterate facts, events that are learned by way of accessing information students have stored in the brain that is called upon when the student is introduced to relevant facts and factors. The second focus of memory described in the article is that of working memory. Accessing this kind of remembering tool is often done through reading comprehension exercises wherein the student must solve a problem by tapping into information recently presented to him or her. There

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